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Monday & Tuesday #3 {Hybrid Post: Pins + Tutorial}

Hi My Lovely Star Fishies!

I took an extra day off! I know. Shame on me. But hey, I only got one day off (the 4th) from real world work…Well, I’m back now, and this post is a hybrid Pin + Tutorial post. Latest pins below:

My page contains my pins and will contain all credits for images so you can see where they came from and find out all about them! :)

http://pinterest.com/maceylou/

TUTORIAL:

I know most people by now probably already know how to do this, but this is going be my tutorial. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. The tutorial will be me showing you how to pin something from an outside website to pinterest

1. First, I’m guessing you are already signed up on the Pinterest site.

2. Go to the top drop-down menu and pick the link shown below:

3. Next, you put the button in your bookmark bar.

4. Then, visit one of your favorite sites and if you find an image you have to save and look at later or share with the world. I chose for the tutorial, an image from my blog as an example:

5. Then, go to that pin it button that you have on your bookmark bar…

6. Next, you will see a block-like layout with a sort of “catalogue” of photos/images you can choose to pin…unless there is only one image on the page. {There will be a “pin it” button link overlaying the image when you roll-over it.}

7. Click the image you want to pin. It will show you a little dialogue box like in the screenshot below. You can name it whatever you like and choose a category above it. If you want to share it on twitter as well, you have that option, too, if you signed up/linked your twitter with Pinterest.

That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this hybrid post! Thanks followers and likers! Feel free to leave me feedback. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Bloggy Break This Week! For the Fourth of July Holiday!

Sorry all my lovely mermaids and starfishies! I will be taking a blog vacation this week for the 4th of July! Stay tuned for more adventures, tutorials, pins, sketches, thoughts, and more! Have a fun & safe 4th of July, everyone!

In the meantime, you can check out Paper Aquarium Magazine. It will be updating to the brand new design soon, maybe even this week! It will have not only the usual art submissions, but it will also have articles, as well as videos and an art shop in the future! Check it out today, and stay tuned for updates really soon!

If that is boring to you, you can also check out my portfolio site. It’s still under construction a bit, but the main page has samples of my work that you can take a look at if you are interested.

If you’re still bored to tears, you can socialize with me on twitter, if you wish.

Or if that doesn’t even strike your fancy, you can find some music I like to be a part of here.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #2: When Cookie Cups Don’t Work

Hi My Lovely Starfishy Friend-pies,

I saw a picture on Pinterest showing chocolate chip cookie cups for putting your ice cream in! I wanted to try it, so I did try it. However, I failed miserably. Below is what happened…

  1. First, I put some cooking spray on an upside-down muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Then I grabbed some cookie dough out of the container and into my hand.
  3. You have to shape it in a ball first, of course, I failed at this, so it doesn’t really matter for this tutorial…haha
  4. Flatten the dough out.
  5. See? All flat.
  6. Next I put the chocolate chip cookie dough on the upside-down pan cup. (I did two cookie cups.)
  7. I tried to form it in the cup shape like the end-result pictures I saw. This was a big mistake. My suggestion is to put less cookie dough on the pan than you think you’ll need, but remember, I DID NOT test this method. Remember, I failed…
  8. Oooops! They came out like this. Too much cookie dough and it ran down the sides WAY more than I expected. Trial and error, folks. That’s what happens sometimes.
  9. So we decided to crush up the chocolate chip cookie cups into chunks.
  10. Then, we put them in the blender.
  11. Then we added milk.
  12. Next, we took some neapolitan ice cream…
  13. & we put it in the blender, too.
  14. Add however much ice cream you like, but don’t overload your blender.
  15. Blended.
  16. Served.

What do you all think? I guess I should have followed an actual tutorial to do the cookie cups, but I thought they would be easy. Well, let’s just say the kitchen isn’t the room I spend much time in…

Hope you enjoy your chocolate chip cookie chunk neapolitan milk shakes! Below is a funny/cute/crazy video for your enjoyment:

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #2: Jonesborough, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hi My Beautiful Starfish,

Last Saturday we went on another adventure. This time we went to downtown Jonesborough. It was a very beautiful and friendly place. Unfortunately we got there after 5:00, so most shops were closed. However, that didn’t stop us from walking around and exploring, taking plenty of photos along the way of course!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Adventurous Friday & my little adventure collage below!:

Below is a photo of me in front of a really neat looking old door in Jonesborough:

I hope you all enjoyed this adventure! Have a great weekend, my lovely friends! Thanks so much for reading!

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Sketchbook Wednesday #2: Sadie’s Job

Hello My Lovelies,

Today is Sketchbook Wednesday once again. Last time I showed you a photo of the very first sketch page in my new sketchbook, which I hope to turn into a comic book. The first page was of a quaint little town that appeared sort of quiet, but with a lot going on.

Today’s page is page #2 and it’s introducing us to Sadie who works in the music store in downtown:

 

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s Sketchbook Wednesday! Have a great night, friends.

 

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Recent Pins Monday #1: Fashion, Beauty, & Fun in the Sun

Hi My Lovely Readers,

Monday is Recent Pin Day and so below I’ve compiled some of my recent and favorite pins all in one image as a sort of mood board or inspiration collage.

I had a very stressful day at work today, but fortunately we have an amazing team at the newspaper I work at, so we all put our talents together and pulled through. Seems like we always do somehow. I feel like this pin compilation is a reflection of the serenity we all strive for in life. Having fun, feeling alive–it’s what we all want out of life, isn’t it?

Even though the below pins are my most recent, they are not brand new. I haven’t been pinning lately, but you better believe this post will inspire me to do just that. The emotions and messages I get out of this image of pins is a message of a fun time full of girlyness and summer breezes. The dress is the focal point of the outfit one would wear in this little “inspiration board world.” The necklace gives a sense of whimsy and playfulness as do the delicious Eiffel Bon Bons candies. I actually ate those when I was in high school during my semesters of French. They are hands down my favorite candy in the entire world (so far, haha) and if it were allowed {and healthy} I would buy a ton of them and eat them for every meal. As for the photo of Lucy Hale, I pinned her to my “people” board, but I feel more like in this context she has the make-up and hair that would go perfectly with the outfit and the summer day itself.

The swansea beach radio is, of course, perfect for the seaside, keeping along with our fun summer theme. The bright and cheerful pink room in the backdrop gives us a sense of contemporary color schemes mixed with traditional textures, and let’s face it, it’s just to die for. The molding and every detail in the ceiling is magnificent by itself, without even taking into account the rest of the room.

Notice I didn’t exactly mention prices. I felt like the dress and necklace were quite expensive. Therefore, they are only meant to be a jumping-off point. I’m sure there is a more practical and affordable version of them both out there somewhere. I can’t see myself paying hundreds of dollars for one dress, but maybe that’s just me. Go find your own versions in your local thrift stores, clearance sales, and yard sales!

Another thing I wanted to talk to you guys and gals about is that I, along with Derek Brown, have an online creative magazine called Paper Aquarium Magazine. It’s a magazine full of contributed art, photography, and other creative tid-bits. You can check it out here.

Thanks so much, my lovelies, for reading, liking, and commenting. I can’t express how much I appreciate the time you all take out of your busy lives to read my blog entries.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou 

Adventurous Friday #1: Cherokee Dam & Beach

Hello Lovely Wonder-things,

Today’s blog post has been published so late, I know. I’m so sorry, but I think you all will enjoy this short and sweet photo/art representation of our little adventure.

We went to the Lake by Cherokee Dam. It is not too far from Jefferson City, TN. Just a little drive.

1} A Fisherman’s shop that was on the way there…

2} The signs pointing us to the beach & lake…

3} We’re here!!

4} Me playing around on the swing set in the park area where all the trees are.

5} Well, we got super hungry walking and acting silly and playing around…so we got Hibachi Chicken!!

We also took lots and lots of photos of squirrels, so I cut a jumping squirrel out of a photo and made a pattern of him. I put a color behind the pattern to soften it. I think it would make a lovely tote bag pattern! <3

BEFORE EDITING (only cropped):

AFTER EDITING {Made into a little pattern}:

Any thoughts on my pattern I created? He sort of looks like a little fox, doesn’t he? :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou